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GOVT3631: Politics of the Global South

This unit will explore the political, economic, social and developmental challenges of countries in the Global South. Students will examine the changing place of these countries in the global political economy, as well their importance in debates about human rights, democracy and security. The Unit will focus on the events and processes that have shaped the current contours of the Global South, including the Cold War, development narratives, foreign aid, humanitarian intervention, globalisation and the rise of the BRICs countries.

Code GOVT3631
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in the International Relations major or 12 credit points at 2000 level in the Politics and International Relations stream

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify the historical factors characterising the global south
  • LO2. problematise the production of knowledge about the global south
  • LO3. evaluate competing theories of development
  • LO4. demonstrate understanding of contemporary issues facing the global south
  • LO5. participate in robust discussion about the issues outlined in outcomes 1-4
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of the issues outlines in outcomes 1-4 through written assessment.